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Preview — Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
Blood Ninja (Blood Ninja #1)
In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who -- and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter confl...more
Luckily he is saved by a mysterious ninja (hehehe) named Shusaku but before they are safe Taro is fatally wounded and must choose between death or becoming a myth - vampire.
Blood Ninja is an excellent book although I had a few issues with the end. It was like a Quentin Tarantino movie. But more on that later...
The characters feel real and the story is great if not a...more
I've never seen a book. That uses. So many. Periods. Throughout the dialogue. To explain. Things that could. Easily be. Explained without. The periods. At all. Thus we. Have sentences. Like this.
Except that they are badly written and much much more confusing. Did they really talk like that?
The characters reactions to....ev...more
Taro is a fisherman's son. At least that is what he is raised to believe. He is in for a rude surprise wh...more
As a reader and a lover of the Japanese culture, I almost instantly appreciated Lake's eye for detail. He infuses so much of the Japanese culture into Blood Ninja. From the lush setting to the epic tales, I was completely in heaven. However, for readers not familiar with Japanese culture, it is...more
Though some of the characters seem less defined and not as full as some of the others, I am more inclined to believe it is because the char...more
This is quite an original story ( I never even find any manga that has similar idea). Because of that, I started reading with a jubilant mode, expecting to be entertained.
The execution is not as good as the idea.
First, I don't like the main character, Taro. Character wise, he was raw. He tends to be repetitive ( See second reason), a bit of an idiot ( but didn't know it), and somehow has the best of luck out of all the characters ( the fact that he's still int...more
Move over Twilight. No need for sparkles here.
This combines the best of both worlds, really. When explaining this book to people, I often say, "All ninja are vampires, but not all vampires are ninja." It's written excellently, I love it to death, and the characters are all just so animated. You get fiercely attached to them. Mixing in a blend of Japanese...more
I really enjoyed this book once I got over the rather slow beginning when Taro stubbornly believed his ideals of samurai and honor were exact, only black and white. Luckily, as time wore on and with the help of friends and first-hand experience, Taro's world expanded and he was a much more likable protagonist.
And Shusaku, the ninja who saved Taro and later trained him, he was awesome. While Taro couldn't trust him at first, I knew that he was a great guy. He was a complex, secretive ch...more
What stopped me in my tracks when I saw this was the cover. It is beautiful, really. Seriously. I mean, when I saw the black pages, hell, I was in love. The synopsis sounded promising, and so when I saw the word 'ninja's', I was in.
I had a great ride with this one. It was fast paced and engrossing and super entertaining filled with badass Ninja's and Samurai's. Taro - our protagonist, is brave and strong - with a wise, charming and ultra cool mentor to boot (A ninja. He quickly became my favo...more
I managed to get through it but the writing isn't the best and the characters aren't believable at all, they seem to change personality during the book.
It was one of those books where something would happen and I thought "that doesn't make sense but i'll keep reading and see what happens". This happened several times during the book.
One thing that wasn't supposed to be funny but made me laugh out loud was when a good ni...more
Edited to include: *MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
I've shed tears for this book (July 11, 2011 9:43 AM)! It is one book in a long time that actually made me cry; tears spilled down rapidly as I try to control myself. *totally admires Shusaku* It is actually the death of Shu...more
Travelling with the mysterious Shusaku, Taro worri...more
I started this book because I saw Mr. Gould read Blood Ninja 2. I thought that the cover of the first book and the second book looked interesting. Mr. Gould and...more
The story is about a young fisherman's son wh...more
Now, when I first spotted this book at the bookstore, I picked it up, read the synopsis and thought: "Lame." I have been tired of vampire books for quite some time now and vampire ninjas just sounded straight up odd.
About a few months later, or maybe a year, I saw the first two books in the series on the shelves of my high school library (I was a Junior at the time). Desperate for something to read and deciding that I...more
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Keeping in mind that this is a YA book and therefore lacks the strong characterizations that would make the book more tedious to read for a younger audience - I still found the people to be paper thin. Upon finishing the last chapter, I had no idea in my head of what any of the characters look like, why they are motivated to do what they do, and honestly why I should be invested in them or care. The Japanese historical mi...more
Imagine it: Taro, a boy of phenomenal importance, looses his parents to an evil lord. Filled with anger and dreams of revenge he sets off on a quest to bring justice to the man responsible for the ruin of his life. He is whisked away by Shusaku, a mysterious ninja vampire, who teaches him valuable life lessons and trains him in the way of the ninja. Taro defeats the evil lord---or so he thinks. Things are about to get much worse......more
I don't give it 5 stars, though, because of the tempo of the book. As I said before, it was fast paced, and I like that normally, however in this book there wasn't quite enough time for me to digest information - su